Together with a fellow experienced psychiatrist, we founded the GeMS – Get into Medical School after realising that many of medical students we teach have little grasp of what a career in medicine holds in store for them. We think it remains an exciting, varied and interesting job with something to offer almost every personality… but it also has real challenges and requires sacrifices.
Knowing the pros and cons in advance means students enter the profession with good insight of what it means to be a doctor. That gives them the best chance of a long and happy career.
Our courses are successful in getting motivated candidates into medical school (last time we ran a survey, over 88% of respondents had got in).
We focus on helping candidates get in. We cover how to choose a school, the application process, personal statements and interview skills. And we also have revision courses on the UKCAT and BMAT exams many students need to take, and run specific interview skills workshops.
We also sponsor a blog at Get into Medicine UK highlighting some of the main healthcare stories of the day, to both enthuse prospective applicants and keep them abreast of current controversial issues to help their interview prepartion.
It’s tremendous fun running these courses: we meet a broad range of students both on our courses in Oxford and when we visit schools around the country. And hopefully we’ve inspired some students who were on the fence to take the plunge and apply. But probably the best thing is hearing back from students once they get in.
If you or anyone you know is interested in applying to medical school in the UK, take a look!